One Day, I Learned A Little Something

I’ve been called a lot of different things, in my life. So long as I don’t get called late for dinner, right?

But one time, I was working a night shift factory job to make ends meet. This was just before we moved to Montreal, so it’d be sometime in the summer of 1998.

Just through talking to people on the lines, music was always a great equalizer. Isn’t it always. I learned from many of them, about what was popular amongst the groups here, and what was not. And they learned from me surely, too, because once you get me started talking about music… I even got into trading tunes with a few of them. It was fun. I remember two guys who used to go out to the parking lot every single breaktime, sit in their car and smoke, and blast Metallica as loud as they could. Every single break time. I’d like to believe it was just cigarettes they were smoking, but with those two I wouldn’t swear to that always being the case. No matter, they were harmless, and they worked hard.

Anyway, one evening in the common room, we were standing around talking before heading out to the floor for work, and one of the young ladies burst through the door, full of excitement. She’d taken the night previous off, no one thought much about it. Maybe she was sick. But no, she’d had an experience.

She told us all, repeatedly, that she’d been to the “concert of her life,” that she’d “never see another show as great as the one she’d been to last night.” Those were pretty big claims. So I asked her who it was that she’d been to see. After all, that sort of experience doesn’t happen often, does it? She looked straight at me and said “Shania Twain.”

Looking back at it now, I wouldn’t have responded how I did. Not even close. I’d be more respectful now. But back then, I couldn’t hold it in. I burst out laughing. Hard. The thought of that being the best concert she was ever gonna see, in the wide array of every band she could possibly ever see, in the whole world of music out there, floored me. Again, these days I just wouldn’t have done it.

She got mad with me, of course, and called me a Music Snob. And she was right, on that one. I felt bad, and counted this is a growing lesson for me. Everyone likes different things. And even though I haven’t got any time for Shania at all, that girl did like her, and I hurt her feelings.

I did apologize, but I don’t think she believed me.

Don’t you wish you could go back and give your past self a smack in the face for being a dumb-ass, sometimes?


Posted on September 25, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. My friend, you live, you learn.

    I live with a bonafide music snob. His tastes in music are impeccable, and are shared among my music blogger buds on WP. He does not like to be called a snob, yet he cannot hold himself back when hearing anything I listen to that deviates at all from his selective musical path. He’ll turn down the volume, he’ll change the radio station, he’ll make jokes about his balls shriveling up into his body listening to it…People that know him and meet me for the first time say I must be the most patient person in the world to put up with it. YES I AM. 😉

    I like what I like. I am the most forgiving, live and let live person out there. I have my tastes – I hate opera, and am not a country fan really – but I feel strongly in that I will defend your right to listen to Shania if that is what you like. Some people just have a hard time thinking that we all have different tastes.

    Regarding the music snob I live with – I have worked it out that we listen to his stuff, which is fine by me, because I love his music too. I can listen to my stuff on my commute to work.


    • I prefer “you live AND IF YOU’RE LUCKY you learn!” You’re lucky you like the stuff your music snob likes, that makes it easier by far.

      I should also probably have added that, at the time of this incident, I was living with a girl whose favourite music was the new country. So I’d heard a lot of Shania, all that CMT stuff, and I was pretty burnt out on it, and then I go to work and hear that… It still doesn’t excuse my behaviour, but it would add more to the overall picture of why I busted a gut, if I’d have included that tidbit.


  2. My dumbass moment was back around 1985 or so….this girl in Highschool was a huge U2 fan…slept/ate U2 so one day I told her I had heard that the plane U2 was on disappeared over the Swiss alps! Hahaha..and than I forgot to tell her I was joking !!
    Well the next day she came to me said I was the biggest jerk and that she spent the whole night crying and trying to find out what happened to U2!
    Oh man I actually felt bad eventually she did talk to me …like years later!!


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